At the end of every year I endeavor to choose some of my favorite photographs. They end up on this list for varying reasons and it is never very easy to narrow it down, not because I think they are so wonderful but because they are significant for one reason or another to me. Detaching the emotion and reasoning behind the photographs makes it a but less fun. I think the oddest part of this year is that I don't have even one portrait in this mix, there wasn't even one in the running. That has to be a first for me. In the album, they are posted by date so you can see the progression through the year. Living in Florida has it's pluses, especially the glorious sunsets.
For now though, I will put them in an order that has to do with my preferences.
Simplicity, color, evocative, using the elements and principles of art more specifically in their framing and the processing and appealing more fully to my artistic side are these:
|The Line is Drawn|
This photograph was one of my first paintings once my supplies were back in my hands. The painting, in oils is 15 x 36 inches.
The only photograph I converted to black and white; it is really something I only use when it adheres to the thought process and enhances the photograph and its content.
|Keep it Simple|
Besides the beach my "Monet Pond" was a constant source of inspiration for my photography and my art. In the dead of Winter and the first photograph of the year remains a fascinating reminder of Winter in Florida and a cold reminder so opposite of others taken throughout the other seasons of the year.
|In the Still of Winter|
The sunsets on the beach have been the other source of inspiration, their color, the beauty. Framing them so they become an inspiration to others is the most challenging.
|On the Edge of a Dream|
The bayou at Eden's State Park was the inspiration here, a beautiful day of blue skies and a blue bayou.
While at Eden's State Park it was a floral inspiration, the roses and the azaleas were beautiful!
The sands of the beach were just as inspiring as the water and sunsets and pier.
|Who Will Come and Dream With Me?|
When all the elements of the beach come together to create something wonderful you just have to make it happen!
|Walking Toward the Dream|
And the sunsets. Have I mentioned the inspirational sunsets? They are never-ending and I have many in this first cut as well as the second cut album I will share with you. The textures, the colors, within the frame the embracing the evocative nature of that hour is nothing short of spectacular.
Texture, color, space, light, shapes and forms, values or tones, lines, balance, movement, emphasis, composition, each of the following makes me sigh when I think of one or more of these.
|Sunset of Clarity|
|That Inner Glow|
|Beyond Every Dream|
The next one is special because it helped inspire a visit from my youngest sister this year. YAY!!
|Purple Sands |
Drawing inspiration and awe from nature this Fall as I watched the stingray jump repeatedly out of the waters of the Gulf almost made me forget to snap the shutter it was so fascinating, especially at sunset. It made me realize that reaching beyond what is reasonably expected can bring something special your way.
|Reaching Beyond Expectation|
Sometimes we feel alone but we really aren't.
|You Are Not Alone|
A year of photography would just never be complete without some flowers.
|And the Rain Will Fall|
|Purple Orchids-My Birthday Bouquet|
And the Monet Pond. *sigh* This year I hope to bring my easel and art supplies, at least more than colored pencils!
|The Water Lily|
|Monet Pond Colored Pencil Sketch|
|Monet Pond Colored Pencil Sketch|
Eden State Park in the Spring when the roses and azaleas are in bloom is a wonderful exploration all its own.
|The Garden of Eden|
This was taken at Mexico Beach, FL and the still, alien-like, surreal feel of this is what was so appealing to me. Feeling cold, almost frozen yet it seems like those little tufts of weeds could get up and walk away.
Those are the choices which made the first cut. The full resolution photographs can be found on my website in an album 2014 Best, the first cut here. The second cut can be found in the album 2014 Best, the second cut here.
I hope you enjoyed the trek through last year's photograph and art adventures, this year will bring more and hopefully some gallery shows to boot!
|When Hope Seems Lost|
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